Scripture Verse

He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Luke 24:50


Frederick W. Faber (1814–1863)

Words: Fred­er­ick W. Fa­ber, Je­sus and Ma­ry, alt. Some sourc­es as­sert this hymn is in the 1849 edi­ti­on, but we do not find it there. The ear­li­est in­stance we’ve seen is in the se­cond edi­tion (Lon­don, Ri­chard­son & Son, 1852), num­ber 62, An Ev­en­ing Hymn at the Ora­to­ry.

Music: In Te­ne­bris Lu­men John B. Dykes, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John B. Dykes (1823–1876)


Sweet Sav­ior! bless us ere we go;
Thy Word in­to our minds in­still,
And make our luke­warm hearts to glow
With low­ly love and fer­vent will.


Through life’s long day and death’s dark night,
O gen­tle Je­sus, be our light!

The day is done; its hours have run;
And Thou hast tak­en count of all—
The scan­ty tri­umphs grace hath won,
The brok­en vow, the fre­quent fall.


Grant us, dear Lord! from ev­il ways
True ab­so­lution and re­lease;
And bless us, more than in past days,
With pu­ri­ty and in­ward peace.


Do more than par­don; give us joy,
Sweet fear, and so­ber li­ber­ty,
And sim­ple hearts with­out al­loy
That on­ly long to be like Thee.


Labor is sweet, for Thou hast toiled,
And care is light, for Thou hast cared;
Ah! ne­ver let our works be soiled,
With strife, or by deceit en­snared.


For all we love, the poor, the sad,
The sin­ful—un­to Thee we call;
O let Thy mer­cy make us glad:
Thou art our Je­sus, and our All!


Sweet Sav­ior! bless us; night is come;
Through night and dark­ness near us be;
Good an­gels watch about our home,
And we are one day near­er Thee!